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Broadmeadows

Organised by Architectural Review (AR) Australia, our team was selected from over 100 entries to participate in stage 2 of the competition.

type Urban Design / Community
Status Finalist in Proposition 3047 Competition in 2006

Our stage 1 proposal developed from an understanding that a sustainable community and its urban centre are related through mutual necessity. Each defines the other. So, at the heart of this proposal lies a sheltered public square, an open-ended space that connects the centre with its hinterland. This is a gathering place where a community might find an expression for its identity. Circulation routes are not restricted by any boundary between inside and outside. The result is a continuous network of fluid public spaces that extend from one end of the site to the other, passing through, under and around the co-existing built forms.

Our proposed response for stage 2 considers the rejuvenation of the existing Town Hall as a Centre for the Performing Arts that incorporates community and education facilities. The design is conceived as a new translucent skin that respectfully wraps itself around the sober brick facade of the existing building. The creation of a central Atrium space helps to establish a respectful distance between the old and the new buildings that allows them to co-exist.

New media images would animate the night-time surfaces above the new entry. Although similar in scale and form, this new addition is light where the existing building is heavy; open where the other is closed. Broadmeadows continues to evolve as a living community. On this site, new and embedded cultures co-exist. At ground level, interchangeable gallery, function and meeting spaces open out to the street: a visible place from which new communities can negotiate with a new environment.